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Belonging – A Textile Arts Exhibition with Kimberly Bush, Stephanie Eche, and Traci Johnson

Artist’s Reception – Thursday, October 13, 5-8 pm, RSVP on Eventbrite here.

On View During Open Hours from October 7, 2022 – January 2023 and during ArtsGowanus Open Studios October 15-16.

Hours are subject to change based on OSH events schedule, please refer to the calendar or call to ensure the exhibit will be available at the time of your visit.

 

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:

Belonging is a contemporary visual art exhibition highlighting 3 Brooklyn artists (Kimberly Bush, Stephanie Eche and Traci Johnson) who create work with fiber, cloth, thread and other textiles.

Textiles are having a “moment” in contemporary art. After decades of being excluded or dismissed as merely utilitarian, textiles are now embraced by major museums, blue-chip galleries and even department store window designers (see Traci Johnson’s recent commission at Bergdorf’s). Why now? Many textile artists use their work to explore healing, trauma and familial or cross-cultural understandings, which seems especially relevant as we transition through the COVID pandemic. Textiles are soft, warm, inviting and represent a feeling of safety to which many people respond immediately. Viewing these intricately woven and mended materials, even without touching, can evoke a sense of home and provide emotional comfort. Belonging taps into that sense of solace, community and joy after a time of grief and sadness.

With common threads, this intergenerational and diverse group of artists weaves together personal meditations that reflect broadly on connectedness, family, community and activism through fiber art. These year(s) of the pandemic have taught us that everything is attached and interconnected, like fibers and fabric. All beings need each other to survive and thrive; we all need to belong.

The rich and varied textures of the textile work on view include knots, tufted rugs, felted wool, and subtle stitches in a mix of natural and bombastic colors. The Old Stone House is a historic home that provides a welcoming backdrop and a contemplative space to discover the fine art handiwork.

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Kimberly Bush (she/her) is an artist and art therapist with over 30 years experience. Her practice of weaving fibers, mending torn and frayed edges, sewing fabric patches and pieces together, figuratively and literally, demonstrates the interconnectedness among humans. IG @kimberlybrooklyn

Stephanie Eche (she/her) uses found materials and natural fibers to create sculptures that investigate cultural identity, time, and memory. Her processes are intentionally labor and time-intensive, allowing her to reflect on the erasure of indigenous cultures as a result of colonization and capitalism, including the assimilation of her Chicana family. IG @stephanie_eche

Traci Johnson (they/them) is an artist and fashion model who presents bold, colorful abstract sculptural creations that bring a sense of euphoria and vibrant energy to the exhibit. The works embody the texture, softness and comfort of textiles while promoting healing, self-acceptance and self-love; they truly create a safe space for all. IG @kailuaa @rugsbykailuaa

 

ABOUT THE CURATOR:

Grace R. Freedman, PhD (she/her) is a founder of Why Not Art which celebrates the vitality of the Brooklyn arts community by presenting interdisciplinary art shows in alternative spaces to reach expanded and diverse audiences. Contact: grace@whynotart.com; 718-858-4847, IG @whynotartnyc

 

All Artworks are for Sale and a portion of the proceeds support The Old Stone House.

Featured image by Traci Johnson.

This exhibition is made possible, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Holidays are here and we’re celebrating with a special jazz set curated for little ones and their grown-ups! Keep it cool with “Frosty the Snowman” and swing into “Winter Wonderland” with bells for all.

Use this link to get your tickets.

Please note the venue is not wheelchair accessible.

During this music series, families can enjoy performances from award-winning children’s performer Suzi Shelton, coloring and craft activities with Lalo, and giant bubbles by Park Slope Parents.

Presented for free, outdoors in the Park on Thursday mornings from September 8 – October 27.

Please RSVP using this link.

“Is the American Dream at the expense of the American Negro?”

This was the topic on February 18, 1965 when an overflow crowd packed the Cambridge Union in Cambridge, England, to bear witness to a historic televised debate between James Baldwin, the leading literary voice of the civil rights movement, and William F. Buckley Jr., a fierce critic of the movement and America’s most influential conservative intellectual.

The stage was set for an epic confrontation that pitted Baldwin’s call for a moral revolution in race relations against Buckley’s unabashed elitism and implicit commitment to white supremacy. This historic clash reveals the deep roots and lasting legacy of racial conflict that continues to haunt America.

The objective of the american vicarious in restaging this historic debate is not to inhabit such monumental figures as James Baldwin or William F. Buckley, their shoes are too large to fill. Rather, our objective is to simply place their words, which still resonate 55 years later, within the voice of contemporary artists.

 

Cast and Creative include: 

Adapted & Directed by Christopher McElroen

Produced by Erica Laird

Featuring: Teagle F. Bougere (Baldwin), Eric T. Miller (Buckley)

with Spencer Hamp (Haycock), Charlie O’Rourke (Burford)

Costume design by Elivia Bovenzi Blitz

Video design by Adam J. Thompson

 

Presented on October 10, 17 and 24 at the Old Stone House. For tickets visit www.theamericanvicarious.org.

Join us for an eclectic program of chamber music in the Great Room at the Old Stone House with Carlos Pavan and Five Winds of Brooklyn!

Carlos Pavan, composer & guitar

Francis Brodeur, flute

Katie Scheele, oboe

Nadeen Fankhauser, clarinet

Meredith Moore, horn

Sara Schoenbeck, bassoon

*Masks are required for guests indoors at OSH. Please note the venue is upstairs and is not wheelchair accessible.

Get your tickets on Eventbrite using this link.

Visit us for the Fall Bazaar organized by Brooklyn Pop-Up, featuring local vendors and artisans with a wide variety of unique products for the whole family. Come by to find great gifts and something special for yourself!

This artisan bazaar will be located around the park on 3rd Street, 4th Street, 5th Avenue, and in front of the OSH.

Apply to be a vendor using this link.

Belonging – A Textile Arts Exhibition with Kimberly Bush, Stephanie Eche and Traci Johnson

Join us for this Artist’s Reception on October 13 from 5-8 pm, please use this link to RSVP on Eventbrite.

The exhibition will be on view during open hours until January 2023 including ArtsGowanus open studios weekend October 15 & 16.

 

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:

Belonging is a contemporary visual art exhibition highlighting 3 Brooklyn artists (Kimberly Bush, Stephanie Eche and Traci Johnson) who create work with fiber, cloth, thread and other textiles.

Textiles are having a “moment” in contemporary art. After decades of being excluded or dismissed as merely utilitarian, textiles are now embraced by major museums, blue-chip galleries and even department store window designers (see Traci Johnson’s recent commission at Bergdorf’s). Why now? Many textile artists use their work to explore healing, trauma and familial or cross-cultural understandings, which seems especially relevant as we transition through the COVID pandemic. Textiles are soft, warm, inviting and represent a feeling of safety to which many people respond immediately. Viewing these intricately woven and mended materials, even without touching, can evoke a sense of home and provide emotional comfort. Belonging taps into that sense of solace, community and joy after a time of grief and sadness.

With common threads, this intergenerational and diverse group of artists weaves together personal meditations that reflect broadly on connectedness, family, community and activism through fiber art. These year(s) of the pandemic have taught us that everything is attached and interconnected, like fibers and fabric. All beings need each other to survive and thrive; we all need to belong.

The rich and varied textures of the textile work on view include knots, tufted rugs, felted wool, and subtle stitches in a mix of natural and bombastic colors. The Old Stone House is a historic home that provides a welcoming backdrop and a contemplative space to discover the fine art handiwork.

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Kimberly Bush (she/her) is an artist and art therapist with over 30 years experience. Her practice of weaving fibers, mending torn and frayed edges, sewing fabric patches and pieces together, figuratively and literally, demonstrates the interconnectedness among humans.

Stephanie Eche (she/her) uses found materials and natural fibers to create sculptures that investigate cultural identity, time, and memory. Her processes are intentionally labor and time-intensive, allowing her to reflect on the erasure of indigenous cultures as a result of colonization and capitalism, including the assimilation of her Chicana family.

Traci Johnson (they/them) is an artist and fashion model who presents bold, colorful abstract sculptural creations that bring a sense of euphoria and vibrant energy to the exhibit. The works embody the texture, softness and comfort of textiles while promoting healing, self-acceptance and self-love; they truly create a safe space for all.

 

ABOUT THE CURATOR:

Grace R. Freedman, PhD (she/her) is a founder of Why Not Art which celebrates the vitality of the Brooklyn arts community by presenting interdisciplinary art shows in alternative spaces to reach expanded and diverse audiences.

 

CONTACT:

All Artworks are for Sale and a portion of the proceeds support The Old Stone House.

Grace Freedman, Why Not Art, grace@whynotart.com; 718-858-4847, IG @whynotartnyc

Kim Maier, The Old Stone House, info@theoldstonehouse.org; IG: @oldstonehousebklyn

Kimberly Bush, Artist, IG @kimberlybrooklyn

Stephanie Eche, Artist: IG @stephanie_eche

Traci Johnson, Artist, IG @kailuaa @rugsbykailuaa

 

Featured image by Traci Johnson.

Funding for this exhibition is made possible, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Our colleagues at the New Amsterdam History Center present this virtual program by Ross Perlin, co-director of the Endangered Language Alliance.
It is often said that 18 languages were spoken in New Amsterdam. In researching his forthcoming linguistic history of New York, linguist Ross Perlin has discovered that there may have been many more than 18! He suggests a higher count that includes formerly overlooked languages spoken by the Indigenous population and the free and enslaved people brought here from Asia and Africa. He explores how the new port, New Amsterdam, was Native American, African, and European from the beginning, with the template for the city’s extraordinary multilingualism thus set at the very start of Dutch rule.
Ross Perlin (PhD University of Bern) is Co-Director of the Endangered Language Alliance, managing research projects on mapmaking, documentation, policy, and public programming for urban linguistic diversity.  He is a linguist, writer, and translator focused on exploring and supporting linguistic diversity.  He has also written on language, culture, and politics for The New York TimesThe GuardianHarper’s, and elsewhere.  He teaches linguistics at Columbia. In 2021-22 he was a Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation writing fellow at CUNY’s Gotham Center.

Register here to attend the program on Zoom.

Belonging – A Textile Arts Exhibition with Kimberly Bush, Stephanie Eche, and Traci Johnson

Artist’s Reception – Thursday, October 13, 5-8 pm, RSVP on Eventbrite here.

On View During Open Hours from October 7, 2022 – January 2023 and during ArtsGowanus Open Studios October 15-16.

Hours are subject to change based on OSH events schedule, please refer to the calendar or call to ensure the exhibit will be available at the time of your visit.

 

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:

Belonging is a contemporary visual art exhibition highlighting 3 Brooklyn artists (Kimberly Bush, Stephanie Eche and Traci Johnson) who create work with fiber, cloth, thread and other textiles.

Textiles are having a “moment” in contemporary art. After decades of being excluded or dismissed as merely utilitarian, textiles are now embraced by major museums, blue-chip galleries and even department store window designers (see Traci Johnson’s recent commission at Bergdorf’s). Why now? Many textile artists use their work to explore healing, trauma and familial or cross-cultural understandings, which seems especially relevant as we transition through the COVID pandemic. Textiles are soft, warm, inviting and represent a feeling of safety to which many people respond immediately. Viewing these intricately woven and mended materials, even without touching, can evoke a sense of home and provide emotional comfort. Belonging taps into that sense of solace, community and joy after a time of grief and sadness.

With common threads, this intergenerational and diverse group of artists weaves together personal meditations that reflect broadly on connectedness, family, community and activism through fiber art. These year(s) of the pandemic have taught us that everything is attached and interconnected, like fibers and fabric. All beings need each other to survive and thrive; we all need to belong.

The rich and varied textures of the textile work on view include knots, tufted rugs, felted wool, and subtle stitches in a mix of natural and bombastic colors. The Old Stone House is a historic home that provides a welcoming backdrop and a contemplative space to discover the fine art handiwork.

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Kimberly Bush (she/her) is an artist and art therapist with over 30 years experience. Her practice of weaving fibers, mending torn and frayed edges, sewing fabric patches and pieces together, figuratively and literally, demonstrates the interconnectedness among humans. IG @kimberlybrooklyn

Stephanie Eche (she/her) uses found materials and natural fibers to create sculptures that investigate cultural identity, time, and memory. Her processes are intentionally labor and time-intensive, allowing her to reflect on the erasure of indigenous cultures as a result of colonization and capitalism, including the assimilation of her Chicana family. IG @stephanie_eche

Traci Johnson (they/them) is an artist and fashion model who presents bold, colorful abstract sculptural creations that bring a sense of euphoria and vibrant energy to the exhibit. The works embody the texture, softness and comfort of textiles while promoting healing, self-acceptance and self-love; they truly create a safe space for all. IG @kailuaa @rugsbykailuaa

 

ABOUT THE CURATOR:

Grace R. Freedman, PhD (she/her) is a founder of Why Not Art which celebrates the vitality of the Brooklyn arts community by presenting interdisciplinary art shows in alternative spaces to reach expanded and diverse audiences. Contact: grace@whynotart.com; 718-858-4847, IG @whynotartnyc

 

All Artworks are for Sale and a portion of the proceeds support The Old Stone House.

Featured image by Traci Johnson.

This exhibition is made possible, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

The 11th annual Kings County Fiber Festival celebrates everything handmade in fiber arts. If you knit, spin, crochet, weave, sew, felt, or dye this festival is for you!

Come support independent makers who will be vending yarns and notions to inspire your next project along with finished products ideal for gifting. Visit the Festival website here for more info on participating vendors. Vendors will be set up outdoors around the perimeter of the Park on 3rd Street, 5th Ave, and 4th Street.

During the Festival, we will also be running the annual Hat Drive to collect warm winter hats which will be distributed to our unhoused neighbors. If you would like to donate handmade or store bought hats, please bring each hat in an individual zip lock bag to the Hat Drive tent.